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Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 3,878
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 460
Gots: 1,597 | FT: 272
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jplopez21 on 10-04-2013

Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle in wine glass

A- Dark, deep reddish brown; viscous; ring of tiny bubbles; inviting

S- Raisins and sweet malt; almost port-like; wonderful

T- Sweet vanilla, raisiny vinous tones, sherry and a touch of apple cider. Then ethanol. The finish ends with a dry tannic barrel note and a long bourbon finish. Very sweet.

M- Similar to other Bourbon County Brand beers, the mouthfeel is amazing. Viscous but not thick and perfectly carbed for a dark beer - effervescent.

O- I was afraid I would find it too sweet. It is very sweet - dessert like - Complex, well made and very enjoyable.

Update 7/5/14 - with 9 months of age the balance is even sweeter than I remember. Reducing the taste score to account for cloying sweetness as well as some soy sauce oxidation notes.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of cyclonece09
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into a snifter. Pours reddish black with little head, but not that surprising. Smells of raisins and a little of red wine, pretty much perfect. Beer tastes of raisins and almost a licorice, very nice balance. Beer is full bodied but has very little harshness, goes down really nice. This beer lives up to its billing, a superb beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -39.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stuppy
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: light tan head, dissipates quickly,dark brown, no lacing

Aroma: caramel and toffee, dark fruits, hints of oak and vanilla with some bourbon too, some Alcohol, no noticeable hop aroma.

Flavor: rich malty sweet with caramel and toffee in the beginning, raisins, dark fruits, alcohol, some
Vanilla notes and a slight bourbon flavor, some bitterness to support the malt

Mouthfeel: full body, velvety, med low carb, slight heat from alcohol, but not much considering ABV

Overall:Awesome. Really appreciate the loads of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. I love the approach with restraint on the bourbon barrels effect on the beer being present but not overwhelming.

Had on-tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thecheapies
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poppin' open a Bourbon County. Snifter glass for the pour.

Looks like maple syrup out of the bottle. Thick and gloopy. Rich, warm, and deep red-brown tones with a look of mahogany. Hard to drum up more than a sappy little ring. Swirling gathers up some beautiful sepia head.

Huge aroma. Rich milk caramel, marshmallow, mellowed bourbon, gooey maple, gooey toffee, vanilla, and a kiss of toasted coconut. Perhaps, a smidge of creamy Belgian chocolate. This is immense. Sweet and sappy and hunky. Outstanding.

Exactly what a barleywine should taste like. Massive bourbon vanilla and buttery caramel. Maple, mallow, toffee, chocolate, and thick-walled oak. Brandy heat sustains, but wheeled out over the whole palate. Manageable booze, in other words. This is sick.

Full-bodied, almost syrupy. Borders on cloying sweetness. Just holds back a little bit. Perfect heat, in my opinion. To the masses? At least it's amazing. Carbonation offers good middle and a great spicy tickle in the finish.

Having never had King Henry, I'd be hard-pressed to find a better barleywine, in general. So sick. So good. I found another great beer. Raising my glass to you, BA!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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